As a Recruit
Coming out of Ware County High School in Waycross, Ga., Dedrick Mills was rated as a three-star by both Rivals (5.6) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8535).
Mills committed to Georgia Tech on May 27, 2015 over quite a few impressive reported offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Between his junior and senior seasons, Mills had some pretty impressive showings: 200 carries, 1795 yards, 9.0 yards/rush, 29 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, I only had Mills' junior year film to use for analysis, so whatever analysis I use will probably shorthand him slightly since he's probably gotten quite a bit better with another full year of football under his belt.
Anyway, looking at his film, there's quite a bit to love. He's fast and brings some really good balance as a runner. He also runs very smart. He keeps his eyes open and looks for the holes and then exploits them. And he does a very good job of exploiting them. There's even a blocking highlight thrown in there, though it is on a punt return.
In terms of weaknesses, I'm going to have to go with ball security. According to his MaxPreps page, Mills fumbled the ball seven times last season in 14 games. That's a lot. And until he gets better at holding onto the ball, he won't be on the field.
What to Expect
Dedrick Mills is probably going to be a very good B-back for the Yellow Jackets. He's got to learn better ball security, though. He's got virtually everything else he needs. He's 5-11, 200 pounds with room to grow, very solid speed, good balance and at least potential in blocking. He's got to get better at ball security, though. If he does that, Tech's going to have another great B-back.